1. Murudeshwar Temple: The Most Religious Attraction
Located in Karnataka, this magnificent shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple boasts of the second highest statue of Lord Shiva in the world, and the sheer magnanimity of the statue will fill you with a sense of awe. This temple is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. The main temple's entrance, also called the 'gopura' stands at 123 feet and you can witness the breathtaking view of the Shiva statue from the top of the gopura.
The entire surface of this temple is covered in the most intricate and detailed carvings that you will ever see. The compound of the temple has been modernized except the sanctum sanctorum, which retains its original form. The main deity of the temple is the Sri Mridesa Linga, which is believed to be a part of the original Atma Linga.
The Shiva statue here is quite an impressive one and will surely leave you with a humble sense of tranquillity. This magnificent statue is a perfect tribute to a God who is held in high reverence in lands far and wide.
2. Netrani Island: The Escape From Crowds
Also known as the 'Pigeon Island', Netrani Island in Murudeshwar is located off the coast of Karnataka. Views from above give this island the appearance of being heart-shaped. Rising above the tranquil and azure waters of the Arabian Sea, this heart-shaped island is counted as one of the best sites for scuba diving. This island is a famous tourist spot and apopular pilgrimage town with silvery sand and the western ghats as a backdrop.
Situated about 10 nautical miles away from the holy city of Murudeshwar is an uninhabited island of Netrani, locally known as Netragudo. A thrilling boat ride of 70-90 minutes will take you to Netrani Island from Murudeshwar. Known for its overwhelming experience of underwater world, you will get a chance to come face to face with diverse variety of fish life common to Arabian Sea as well as other varieties such as Napolean Wrasse, Cobia, Stonefish, Black Tip Sharks, Great Barracuda, Turtles and Stingrays etc. With a soothing effect over your nerves, this expedition under water is perfect for diving suitable for certified divers of all experience levels.
3. Murudeshwar Beach: The Tranquil Vibe
Lying along the periphery of the majestic Murudeshwar Temple is the beautiful beach by the same name. Overlooking the monumental statue of Lord Shiva, this beach is the perfect picnic spot for families and loved ones. The sand of this beach is quite excellent, and its silky texture is not very common. You can also enjoy boat rides around the magnificent Murudeshwar Temple.
The Murudeshwar beach is a major tourist attraction in Karnataka. Surrounded by gentle hills and lush green foliage, this beach is always bustling with activity. The beauty of this place is enhanced by the coconut trees which are indigenous to this location.
Early morning hours the best time to visit this place, when you might even find the company of flying seagulls and kingfisher birds. With its mighty sea waters splashing against the surface of the beach, the overall scenery of this destination is worthy of a visit.
4. Murudeshwar Fort: The Architectural Marvel
Behind the temple complex of Murudeshwar, is a fort that finds its origins in the era of the Vijayanagara Kings. It is said to have been renovated after that by none other than Tipu Sultan.
5. Statue Park: The Nature Escape
A beautiful stretch of green lawns, this area along around the 15m tall statue of Shiva houses various flowering plants, stone sculptures as well as small ponds inhabited by ducks. The artificial waterfall rushing down over the boulders is a splendid view.
6. Bhatkal Beach: An Ancient Port Town
A prominent beach situated along the Arabian Sea, a pristine coastline interspersed with coconut trees, provides a breathtaking view of the surroundings.
7. Murudeshwar Market: The Shoppaholics’ Heaven
Being a famous temple town and tourist spot, you can find many shopping options here in Murudeshwar. The temple road of this city is quite famous for its goods, especially souvenirs. You can find various products here, which can be put to use as decoratives. The idols and wall hangings here are quite beautiful, and you must consider buying the same.
Murudeshwar is an unlikely destination to find some unique handicraft items. Ranging from pen stands to jewelry boxes, you can find quite a few unique pieces here. And if you do end up buying a jewelry box, consider getting some indigenous jewelry from here as well. Authentic in its appearance, it will add another dimension to your jewelry collection. Don't forget to try out the local delicacies here, which are a lip-smacking experience.